Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Sweater Knit from Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn Part 2

The sweater knit from Kool-Aid dyed yarn is a big success. I used the pattern Whisk Cardigan, from the Fall 2010 Knitscene magazine. It's a basic A-line cardigan. The only change I made was to add 2 inches seed stitch hems all around.


When I knit the pieces, I alternated skeins every 2 rows so that lighter and darker parts of the yarn blended pretty well.


That was Cleo's opinion anyway. This worked well with the fronts, but when I knit the sleeves, the color difference between skeins was more dramatic.


I got a definitely stripe pattern going on one sleeve. If I hadn't injected extra dye into the centers of the balls, the color absorption would have probably been more uniform.



My solution was to over dye the sweater pieces after I'd knit them. I dyed the back, the fronts, and the sleeves in separate batches in the turkey roaster with the same amounts of diluted kool-aid. Here you can see that I also over dyed some extra yarn to knit up the collar, and that I made myself some eggs while I was working.



This is the nicest softest sweater, and I like the color gradations. The over dying evened some of the striping out, and I finally used up that yarn.

13 comments:

Vicki W said...

Wow, this turned out great!

Debra said...

I bet you wear this sweater all the time. It looks cozy and cheerful. When you are sick of it, send it to me! Love it!!

Is this a pattern I could knit? I will check out the link now.

Kay said...

Absolutely luscious!

quiltmom said...

It is absolutely stunning Barbara- such a gorgeous shade of red- It will work well for the fall and winter season and look terrific on you with your coloring.
You do such wonderful knitting.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
Anna

Plays with Needles said...

You are a complete whiz! This turned out wonderfully and the color is great. I like the variation -- looks very pomegranate to me...

Judy S. said...

Looks terrific, Barbara! Who'd have guessed Kool-Aid would make such a wonderful color? It's got so much more pizzaz than the original color; I'll bet you'll wear it often!

Quiltnbee said...

Wow, you are FAST! I love the color, and the overdying tied it all together so nicely. Beautiful!

Rian said...

Yeay, what Debby said--wow, that was quick. It's beautiful, I love the color, and I bet it smells like black cherry?

Allison Ann Aller said...

What a totally cool process! Thanks so much for showing us the transformation of that 20 year old yarn into a magnificent cozy sweater.

sophie said...

What a transformation from the original yarn. It looks like it will be soft and cozy to wear, too.

beth said...

What a lovely project! Makes me want to knit...maybe someday...

Magpie Sue said...

I LOVE it! It's gorgeous and looks *so* comfy. Truly a Gold Star for recycling!

Angie said...

It's GORGEOUS!! I love IT!! :D